Flooding Potential On The Rise
The Southeast is about to get soaked with heavy rains from a storm system that has yet to take shape, but when it does, it’ll move across the area from southern Texas to the Mid-Atlantic, bringing about several inches of rainfall.
There was plenty of moisture in the atmosphere this morning in New Port Richey, FL, (located just north of Tampa) where some light showers were squeezed out this morning. But now the fog and showers are gone, and scattered clouds were left around during the midday hours.
Other areas across the Gulf Coast looked gloomy, at one time or another, this morning. Thunderstorms lingered just off the coast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, this morning, and you can see the darker skies over New Orleans, the Davis Bayou and over in Perdido Key in Florida. They briefly caused a severe thunderstorm warning to pop up just off shore.
The developing storm system will cause some strong to severe thunderstorms to form across the Deep South on Sunday, and into the Mid-Atlantic on Monday. There is a SLIGHT risk for severe weather for both days, where cities such as New Orleans, Mobile, Savannah and Raleigh could be impacted by gusty winds, heavy rains and even a few isolated tornadoes.
And with those strong to severe thunderstorms, being produced by that developing storm, we’ll see heavy rains adding up by several inches from eastern Texas to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. There is the potential for around 3-5″ and more to come down in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas.
The Southeast does not need really any more rain. As you can see, the Drought Monitor for the area shows that there are only a few small pockets of “Dry” conditions with a little sliver of “Moderate” Drought near Tupelo, MS. If all that rain was to fall in the the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle areas (or better yet, in California where it is desperately needed), the drought in that area could be drastically improved from its current state.
And with all that rain forecasted to come from the system, the potential for flooding is starting to build up. There is already a Flash Flood Watch up around southern Louisiana and southern Mississippi that is in place today and goes until Monday evening. They expect to see 3-5″ of rainfall over the course of 36 hours.
Unfortunately, the rain may also impact one of the biggest events in the golf world held in Augusta, GA, The Masters. Early in the week, the rain will be an issue for the practice rounds, but when Round One begins on Thursday, there expects to be much more favorable conditions. I just hope the grounds of the famous golf course are not turned into small lakes, from all the excessive rainfall.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Meteorologist Addison Green ~ Twitter: @agreenWNTV